Ephesians 6:10-13

Spiritual Warfare Part 1


The book of Ephesians Divides into 3 sections  Ch. 1-3 THE WEALTH of the Believer : Who we are in Christ / Blessings


B) Ch. 4-6v9 – THE WALK OF THE BELIEVER: How to walk in light of who we are in Christ –

1)But then when we hit v.10 of Ch. 6 Paul wraps up talking about SW /Why


C) Answer:  Because there is an Enemy who wants you to forget how WEALTHY you  are in Christ!

          1.)     Who wants you to forget how much God loves you and all                           He has done for you!  /  Who you are in Christ!


D)     An enemy who doesn't want you to walk w/ the Lord; walk in           victory - but defeat and condemnation

          1.)     An Enemy who doesn't want your life to make a difference!


It has been said  that the Christian life is not a playground but a  BATTLE GROUND !!!!  (true statement)

A) The sooner we realize that the better off we will be!


B) The Bible supports that statement in using terms like Solider / Army / Battle / Fight / Victory / Defeat – in Describing Christian life

1) We are NOT JUST Children of God but SOLDIERS  in the Lord's army!


For that reason the Lord has Paul end this letter by talking about the Fight because we need to realize we are in a battle   

A)Peter in his epistle 1Peter 5 :8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.


B) Listen : If we could see behind the scenes into spiritual realm - be amazed - angels and demons

1) Daniel's prayer: Dan 10 - "Moment prayed – An Angel was dispatched  w/ an answer  but was held up for 21 days - 3 weeks!"……………….

C) [In-depth study – Tape Library package – 8 weeks] – Condensed into 3 studies – high points

1) 3 things to consider tonight in v. 10-13 – 1st Consider Our Enemy & HIS STRATEGY


D) 2nd Consider our Source of Power that is constantly available to us

1) Finally:  Our Call to STAND!!!!   Rd v.10-13


So first we want to consider our Enemy: Who are we fighting against?

A) Read v.12 again For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.


B) This is an important thing to Note that our Battle is not w/ people – or institutions / but rather w/ the forces behind those People & institutions

1) We wrestle not against flesh & blood ……… Fighting principalities and powers   { DEMONIC FORCES


C) So Our Battle is w/ Satan & Cohorts – Fallen Angel – 1/3 angels w/ Him


Consider some of our enemies titles:  Twice he  is called Satan = adversary: /         35 times he is called the Devil = Accuser!

A)He is the accuser of the brethren!


B) He is also  called - Father of Lies - liar.  Throw thoughts in mind –

V.16 fiery darts ….LIKE : God doesn't care about you - if did - wouldn't be going through this! /  He Uses the Word and twist it to deceive – stumble


C) Jesus referred to him Jn 10 as the thief and a robber who comes to kill rob  and  destroy

1) In the life of the UNBELIEVER  he wants to steal your Soul / HELL


D)He wants to rip off your day – He is hoping you come to a point where you say I just can’t take it anymore – I’m ready to throw in the towel

1) This year 600,000 teens listen to that lie – attempt suicide 

Now In the Life of the BELIEVER his Chief purpose is to get us to act INDEPENDENTLY OF GOD

A)  He wants to get you to do your own thing / to lean on your own understanding & to RELY UPON- your own strength


B)  Very Subtle he wants to Deceive you into thinking that you really don’t need God -  You are doing just fine on your own !!!


C)  Once he gets you acting in that way – no longer praying / no longer realizing that you are Dependent on the Lord for everything

1)  Then he sucks you into that mentality of just LIVING TO PLEASE YOUR SELF


D) He can ROB you of your Joy & effectiveness / he can DESTROY  your Peace & sense of Satisfaction –

1)  (Start  Looking to Carnal things AGAIN to Satisfy you )


E)  He can KILL your testimony & witness – cause you to be an instrument of hurt to the world around you ( Another one of those “CHRISTIANS”)

1)  Satan loves to hear that !!!!


So that is who we are fighting !!!!!



Now When it comes to the subject of spiritual warfare : two problems - exist!  One is ignorance/ the other is PREOCCUPATION

A.)    Some Christians just ignore or are oblivious to the fact that we           have an Adversary and are in a battle! ( WARN - New believers)



1)   They remind me of the Trainer of a Certain Boxer who was trying to encourage his guy during a fight in which he was getting beat up



After several rounds of taking a beating  the guy comes back to his corner & says to his trainer Please throw in the towel – this guys is killing me

    His trainer responds : No he is not / he is not even hitting you he hasn’t  

       laid a glove on you


Boxer replied Well then I wish you would watch that Referee because someone is sure hitting me .


C) That is the mindset of a lot of people have when it comes to Satan – Everyone else is hitting them & attacking them/ accept their true enemy

1)   They just want to ignore the Fact of Satan’s Existence - / Ignorant to his plans & strategies & so they always are struggling & don’t know why


D) I have had times in my walk where I have literally forgot that – there was spiritual warfare –

1) Denise on edge with each other – for no reason:  Listen the enemy wants to destroy your family


Ever Notice how you can have Problems getting to church or getting out of Bed on a Sunday as opposed to Sat. – Sat Surf – no Problem

A)But Sunday morning – Church –Flesh – Sleep in   - bible study - getting into the Word – can be such a Struggle { Distractions / phone rings


B) But  when you sit to read paper, watch TV. no  interruptions - bible - whole other story!


C) Nothing on mind until pick up the Word - suddenly million things on

     your mind - (that is how enemy works) { Fiery darts

          1.)     Don't be ignorant of the battle!





One Problem is Ignorance / but an Equal problem is - Preoccupation: 

A.)    People blaming everything on the ENEMY -


Like the woman who went to the Mall – tight budget Husband – go & Look but don’t buy anything – She came home w/ a New Dress –

Husband said I thought I told you not to buy anything – She responded the Devil made me do it – He said what mean – well I tried it on Looking in the mirror he told me how good it looked on me – he said you have got to buy that dress –

Her husband said well you should of said like Jesus did get behind me Satan She responded I did/ but the Devil told me it looked good from that View too.


B) It is true that some people want to blame all their problems on the Devil and they see Demons around every corner

1) LISTEN: THE ENEMY  loves it when we take our eyes off of Jesus and get focused on him! -  The key lies in a healthy balance


Now notice the word WILES IN V.11 = Methodia in the Grk – from which we get our English word Methods { Means Strategy

A)It speaks of a carefully arranged systematic program of action for attaining an object / goal or desired End –


B) Satan has a Systematic plan of attack against us & we need to understand what that is -


C) When Joe Lewis was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.  

      He  fought,  71 times professionally; he lost only once. 

1) During the decade and a half he held his title, he defended it 25 times.


D) Lewis was asked in an interview what was the secret of his Success & how he could win over people who were at times much larger than him

1)    his response was interesting :


"I study my opponent, I plan my fight very carefully.  The results are always the same.  1) I'm never surprised and 2) I stay on the offensive".


E) Good advice for us – We need to know the ways that Satan attacks – and we need to stay on the offensive .

1) Now when it comes to Satan’s strategy – His methods haven’t Changed much since the beginning - 1 John 2:15-17 Insight into his strategy


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.


Now this is the Essence of Satan’s Strategy – He will use this world & the things of this world to ENITCE our flesh for the Purpose of getting us to PLEASE OURSELVES & NOT PLEASE GOD !!!!

A)This Pattern is seen over & over again in the pages of the Scriptures

Lets look at the very first time it occurred Turn to  Gen. 3


V.1 1Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”


B) Notice here that the first thing that Satan does – is fires a dart into Eve’s mind seeking to get her to DOUBT GOD’S WORD - Has God indeed said

1)  Consider how He appealed to Eve’s Flesh Rd v.2-5 – focus v.6


C) Note how - He appealed to her physical senses V. 6,  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.


D) Appealed to her physical senses - 3 common areas / Lust flesh/ Eyes / Pride …………………

1st He appealed to the lust of flesh. Woman saw it was desirable for food!        "Look at that food!" 

A)Lust of the flesh includes everything that appeals the gratification of our natural Physical desires       


B) Can you hear Eve Rationalizing / Well I am Hungry & I am kind of too tired to walk over to that other tree – why not eat this


The 2nd device that the Satan uses to trap us is the lust of the eyes!

 "It was pleasant to the eyes"

A.)Involves what we take in w/ our mind!  As well as what we see w/ our

         eyes!                TV. Mags / Internet / conversations


B) Satan comes & says Look at that look what missing - look what he has /


C) Illustrate how this works / a while back Denise made a tray of brownies / I came home 1st place I go is kitchen / saw this tray of  brownies ate one

1)  She comes in & says don’t eat any more of those they are not for us they were some function


D) But every time I walked thru the kitchen calling out my name Rob / Now I know I didn’t need those Brownies / shouldn’t eat those brownies

1) But they looked so good – so desirable - so I took another & another /   moving around on tray / out of control


E) Now Eating brownies is  not wrong but it illustrates how lust of eyes works  pulls you in calls out your name / need get  out of sight /

1) Works the same way –Porn / Another woman or man -

INTERESTING I was fine once Denise left !!!!


3rd Pride of life /   desirable "It would make her wise"/ Like God !

A)the Greek word for “pride” was used to describe a braggart who was trying to impress people with his importance.


B) Thinking that tempts us to want to be somebody/  promotes ourselves

1) He Knows God’s word says – God resist the proud – but gives grace to the Humble { Love to see you all bound up in Pride !!!


C) This has been his mode of operation for 1,000’s of yrs -  So That is Satan’s way: but that is not to be our way –


D) So Satan’s plan his strategy is to try and get us to doubt God’s word and then act independently of God’s word

1) Satisfy the Lust of the flesh / Eyes / Pride of life – Back to Eph.6


2nd Consider our Source of Power: v.10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might

a) Now Listen Paul isn’t assuming the role of an Army Drill Sergeant here –Not Suck it up solider be a man – Don’t be a Wimp


B) My Brother was 13 – decided play Pop Warner football – I decided I was going to help him get ready – Chase down street –


C) Yelling at this poor kid – Come on you can run faster than that – come on you can do better / Come on you wimp

1) That is not what Paul is doing here – He is not saying – be strong get pumped get Psyched –


D) Satan would love for you to think that is what Paul is saying here – go away tonight only having read ½ of the verseBe Strong!

1) That is what a lot of Christians do – maybe they have fallen & they decided I am going to do better this time – make a Stand


D)That is a Sure fire way to get totally Wiped out – Why?  Simple the Devil is Stronger than You – Way Stronger – You don’t stand a Chance

1) If you don’t realize that, he will be Victorious & you will be the Victim


Paul is saying the complete opposite thing here – read rest of the verse Be strong in the Lord – What does that mean ? 

A)First it means that in order to be strong in the Lord You have to be

in the Lord – And the Lord in You –


B) Before a Person comes to Christ – Against the Devil – You are on your own – Like 5 yr olds going up against Navy Seals –

1) But once a person receives Christ the Tables are Turned –


C) Jason Phil & I / 3 on 3 – Tourney – against College Players / Phil football Jason golf / Me Bad Hip –

1) Now if it is me Shaq / Kobe – Different Story – On the Team

Jesus wants you to be on His team !!!!!


D) Christ in You – You in Christ – Covered – Strong in the Lord – Starts w/ Knowing I am in Him & He is in Me – Part of me – On His team


But it also means operating in His Strength & Not my own

A)David operated in this mode when faced Goliath! "You come w/ sword and spear - I come in the name of the Lord"


B) Christians we are not fighting FOR VICTORY – but FROM VICTORY


C) Now Being strong in the Lord begins with being poor in spirit!

1) Recognize our utter dependency upon Him for everything


D) Realizing that w/ out Him we can do nothing Jn 15

          1.)     Realizing His grace is sufficient - power is made perfect in                        our weakness!  When weak - He is strong!


Realizing - that I have no power in my flesh over the enemy - but He   has overcome

A) Col 2:15    Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a 

           public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

B) He is in Me - He is greater than he in the world!

          1.)     Phil 4:13 - I can do all thing through Christ....


2 Cor.10:4   For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,


C) Mighty IN GOD -


So a key to being victorious in the Battle is realizing that our Power over the enemy comes from the Lord !!! / equipped w/ Armor ………


Finally – What are we called to? – v.11& 13 - 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the Wiles of the devil

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. V.14 Stand there…

A) I think it is obvious that the GOAL  of the Lord for us as it relates to the Battle is to STAND – no wavering – not up & Down / Standing


B) To stand firm when used in a military sense, had the idea of holding a critical position while under attack.

1) Feet dug in not giving up any ground – { Defending the line


C) But when we are successful thru God’s Power in Standing firm the Devil is defeated & flees- Frustrated


James 4:7 Submit to God resist the Devil and he will flee from You


D) Key is in first phrase – Submit to God – Yield surrender / results in Power – Satan is defeated – Flees


I think that this whole first Study could be summed up by what Pastor Chuck calls the 3 R’S of Spiritual Warfare

A) 1st Recognize – Battle & the Enemy

       2nd – Rejoice – that the Lord is w/ you – won the War

          3rd Resist -  Devil will flee